June 2, 2010
Well, May, 2010 ended up being the third rainiest May in Portland History. We had more than twice the amount of precipitation that we normally have and it was also quite cool.
I had my surgery last May and I remember it was so hot that my plants had to be watered twice a day or they would die. That was something that was difficult for me to do after my major surgery and it was areal struggle to keep them alive last May.
This May was the opposite story. I had to keep them out of the rain for a few days so that they wouldn’t drown!!! The three-month sustained release fertilizer that I incorporated into the soil around my pansies was ‘released’ during one month! Oh, are my pansies tall and full! Then the rain beats them down and now they are getting all leggy! But I have enjoyed the bright colors that they have added to my world this dreary rainy May!
December 1, 2009
This Thanksgiving there was a big family reunion in the Midwest; only Portland Firefly was not invited! The reason for this non-invitation is that the reunion was for my former husband’s family. Of course my children attended as did all of their paternal Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Which left Firefly “home alone” over Thanksgiving.
Enter Guilt…. Well sort of…. On the part of my Daughter…. Actually this reunion was in the planning stages prior to my devastating diagnosis in March and we did not even know if I’d be here in November. I really did not have any issues with my children going to be with their Dad and paternal Grandparents and Family, but I wasn’t looking forward to not being able to cook and celebrate with someone. I actually ended up having two invitations and two more ‘back-up’ plans, so the situation was well covered here in the Pacific North West. but, again I digress!
I had just arrive at my Wednesday night event when my cell phone rang with my Daughter on the other end. She asked where I was and informed me that I must be home within the next 30 minutes because she was having ‘something’ delivered to me. I suspected the best… she often sends flowers to me… and I was correct. I told her that it was impossible for me to get home in that time and anyway, I had just arrived for the evening and couldn’t leave. I suggested that she have the flowers ~ opps~ the delivery~ made to my sweet next-door neighbor as I knew she was home not feeling well and she would probably enjoy the flowers ~ opps ~ the delivery~ until I could get them the next day.
Arrangements were completed and I enjoyed my evening which I’ll tell you about in another post. The evening was even sweeter for me because I knew something lovely was waiting for me when I got home. Because she was not feeling well, my neighbor went to bed early that night, so I had to wait until Thursday morning to go and see what had been delivered.
It was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL Fall arrangement that I have ever seen! As yes! Guilt can be a wonderful thing!!!